As ever, totally gorgeous Champagne. One whiff and you know this is serious stuff. The aromas of baking brioche, coconut, candied citrus and leather pick up roasted coffee and grilled nuts on the palate. Decanter December 2014 - 19 (96) because it's been blended from 10 differents vintages and 47 differents wines from 25 crus, Krug is a super multi-vintage of its own kind. The extremely tough acidity, together with the heavy rich Krug aromas, are unique. This bottle had a fabulous complex nose on the palate, dominated by nuts and honey. They aftertaste was acidic, long and majestic, like a great symphony.
A delicious zero dosage wine from Ayala, showcasing quality and finesse. (Sugar can hide a multitude of sins, but you shall find neither in your Brut Nature.) Those who find it too austere should pair it with shellfish (oysters especially) or sushi.
Jancis Robinson MW "Well done!" Parker's Wine Advocate "One of Champagne's finest houses, Pol Roger produces among the most consistent ranges of all the Grandes Marques. The style is full-bodied and elegantly fleshy, dominated by Pinot Noir... the maison privileges its NV Brut Réserve - and indeed, while many non-vintage Bruts fluctuate in quality, Pol Roger's "white foil" bottling is both remarkably reliable and long-lived—which ranks as one of the region's best values."
90-92 points Wine Advocate "The 2017 Kaya Blanc is equal parts Carignan Blanc, Carignan Gris, Grenache Blanc and Grenache Gris, half aged in tank and half in barrel. Bright, clean notes of orange and lime zest mark the nose, while the full-bodied palate is rich and round, balanced by brine and zest notes on the lengthy finish.
Slight copper hue, spicy, ripe fruit, crème brulée, full-flavoured but delicate & charming. Fine persistent mousse. Totally enjoyable and quite typical of the black-grape dominated Montagne de Reims style.